I've just been made aware that (in my area at least), and despite a referral from my GP, the time I will have to wait to even be considered for an electric wheelchair is ..... THREE YEARS! For a manual wheelchair its 3 months. I've got a manual wheelchair but can't self-propel so am entirely dependant on someone to push, and so have no independence which is affecting my mental health.
This may not be the case in other health trusts, but it is in Lancashire. I'm so appalled I can't tell you - many patients will DIE before they get one - which makes me so angry, even though I don't expect to be one of them. I just thought it might be helpful to make others aware of this?
It took me a long time to make the request - I felt I should do my best to "manage" but when it became more or less impossible for me to go anywhere I discussed it with my lovely GP who could not have been more supportive and kind. Now I just feel like crying.